Definition of appellate in English:


Line breaks: ap¦pel|late
Pronunciation: /əˈpɛlət


[attributive] Law
(Especially of a court) concerned with or dealing with applications for decisions to be reversed: courts of appellate jurisdiction
More example sentences
  • That question has not been determined by any ultimate appellate court in any common law country.
  • It may be, of course, that the person seeking the intervention of the appellate court will be acquitted.
  • The Ohio intermediate appellate court ordered a new trial on the issue of damages.


late Middle English (originally in the sense 'appealed against, accused'): from Latin appellatus 'appealed against', from the verb appellare (see appeal). The current sense dates from the mid 18th century.

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